Vibratory Parts Feeding Tips


Parts Feeding Tip: Avoiding Excessive and Problematic Wear

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 at 5:14 PM

Customers are often faced with the issue of poor bowl performance at times when automation is most needed and the bowl cannot be taken out of production for any great length of time. To get by, usually someone is appointed the task of monitoring the bowl which can become extremely expensive in terms of labor expense and productivity.

To avoid this situation, some steps can be taken when considering a parts feeder system:

  • Install Back-Pressure Controls: When a bowl’s production output (feed rate) is greater than the production needs of the end user, parts will back up in the bowl and remain vibrating in place. This causes the bowl to wear excessively fast. Back Pressure controls such as the ADI 8800 Sensi-Tron can eliminate this problem. They either tell a bowl to quit running or allow parts to fall off, instead of vibrating in place. They can be the most important step in adding to a bowl’s longevity.
  • Replaceable Tooling: Areas of a bowl that are prone to wear include sections that change the velocity or orientation of a part. If wear is anticipated and unavoidable, replaceable tooling can be developed for the bowl. This can include stainless steel track and wall linings, spill-offs, scallops, wipes and virtually any other tooling.
  • Bowl Linings: Though they are often used for noise level reduction purposes or increase the parts drive, various linings can be used to extend the wearable life of a bowl. The turn-around time on common linings can be under two days. Consult the factory to determine which lining would best suit your application.

Other measures can be taken and ADI is eager help you. Please contact us if you would like to discuss solutions.